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Old 08-02-2008, 06:31 PM   #1
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Bulwer-Lytton, Edward: The Last Days of Pompeii, v1 2 Aug 2008

The Last Days of Pompeii is a novel written by the baron Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1834. Once a very widely read book and now relatively neglected, it culminates in the cataclysmic destruction of the city of Pompeii by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.

The novel uses its characters to contrast the decadent culture of first-century Rome with both older cultures and coming trends. The protagonist, Glaucus, represents the Greeks who have been subordinated by Rome, and his nemesis Arbaces the still older culture of Egypt. Olinthus is the chief representative of the nascent Christian religion, which is presented favorably but not uncritically. The Witch of Vesuvius, though she has no supernatural powers, shows Bulwer-Lytton's interest in the occult - a theme which would emerge in his later writing, particularly The Coming Race.

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Old 08-02-2008, 06:36 PM   #2
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perhaps you are thinking of :

"Beneath the rule of men entirely great,
The pen is mightier than the sword."
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Old 08-02-2008, 06:42 PM   #3
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That was not the one I was looking for. Great line though.
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Old 08-02-2008, 06:43 PM   #4
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That was not the one I was looking for. Great line though.
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Old 08-02-2008, 06:45 PM   #5
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it's got to be this one (infinitely better) :

"It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents--except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness."
Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Paul Clifford (1830)
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Old 08-02-2008, 06:47 PM   #6
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(and actually that last quotation has made me decide to read the book, despite the fact that i'm pretty sure i don't want to read about the catclysmic end of Pompeii. hm. or maybe i'll read the book the quotation is from, instead.)
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Old 08-02-2008, 06:48 PM   #7
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fun game ! we should do more.
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oh god, they're all unspeakably brilliant. i might forego the Last Days of Pompeii *and* Paul Clifford and just read the compilation of those horrendous opening sentences.
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